Try these simple fire roasted tomatoes for a low-carb, gluten- and dairy-free dish. The Mediterranean kick pairs perfectly with the roasted flavor in this simple, 4-ingredient recipe. One of the easiest recipes on this site; you need only some tomatoes, olive oil, and your favorite seasonings. Not to mention this is one simple recipe that can improve so many future ones. Use the fire roasted tomatoes in your spaghetti sauce, salsa, or chili sauce, instead of using bought canned tomatoes.
Fire Roasted Tomatoes FAQ
Before starting to prepare this 4-ingredient recipe, I wanted to clarify some of the most frequently asked questions about fire roasted tomatoes. So, first of all, read some basics about this easy recipe:
- What is the flavor of fire roasted tomatoes? They taste sweet and subtly smoky right out of the can, instead of bitter and acidic like most standard canned tomatoes. So, fire roasted tomatoes are canned tomatoes that are fire roasted over an open flame to accentuate their flavor.
- What is the difference between fire roasted tomatoes and regular tomatoes? When it comes to roasted tomatoes, they are charred over a flame before they’re diced and canned (sometimes, they’re also enhanced with onion and garlic powder). In addition, often, you can actually see the blackened flecks on the tomatoes. Regular tomatoes are only chopped before the canning process.
- How long are fire roasted tomatoes good for in the fridge? After roasting tomatoes and letting them cool to room temperature, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Also, you should place them in an airtight container before storing them.
- Are fire roasted tomatoes spicy hot? Fire roasted tomatoes are not naturally spicy but you can undoubtedly add seasonings in order to make them spicy. Try red chili flakes or other peppers to bring up the heat and transform these tomatoes into hot ones.
How to Make Fire Roasted Tomatoes at Home
Now, that we know some extra info about what fire roasted tomatoes actually are, it’s time for preparing this quick and easy recipe. The homemade roasted tomatoes are super easy to prepare, you’ll see! Not to mention that you will be able to use them in so many future recipes as a healthy substitute for canned tomatoes.
Here is the ingredient list I already mentioned several times. The two must-have ingredients for this recipe are tomatoes and olive oil. The seasonings and garlic are more than optional. You just have to decide for yourself, considering the purpose of these roasted tomatoes. If you are planning to serve them as a side dish, you should add some seasonings and also garlic, as you desire some flavor. However, if they will be just some ingredients in some future recipes, you can just roast and store them.
- 10 Roma Tomatoes (you can also use any tomatoes you have in your kitchen, but these ones are full of that Mediterranean flavor);
- 1/2 cup olive oil;
- 3 garlic cloves (minced);
- 1 tablespoon of preferred seasonings (I used Italian mix and some smoked paprika).
Homemade Fire Roasted Tomatoes Step-by-Step Recipe
Now, that you have all the ingredients for this fire roasted tomatoes, it’s time to learn the steps you should follow in order to achieve the Mediterranean flavor.
- First of all, wash and slice the tomatoes lengthwise in half. Next, drain them.
- Next, prepare a grill basket or grill pan with brushed-on olive oil. If using the oven method to roast your tomatoes, prepare a baking sheet. Also, in the second case, use some aluminum foil with nonstick spray to keep tomatoes from sticking to the pan.
- Preheat your oven to 450 or your grill on high.
- In a medium bowl, combine together the olive oil with the minced garlic and seasonings mix. When it comes to seasoning tomatoes it is about your own taste. Many people prefer simple Italian spicing mix and salt, while others prefer the classic roasted flavor.
- Then, dip each individual tomato half in the bowl, covering the entire piece well and allowing the remaining mixture to drip back into the bowl. After that, place the tomato half on the prepared basket or pan with the sliced side up.
- Finally, depending on the cooking method you choose: grill the tomatoes until they are charred (several minutes) or roast them in the oven for 45-50 minutes. Allow them to cool before serving.
How to Store Roasted Tomatoes
After allowing the roasted tomatoes to cool completely you either serve them right away or you should store them using the right method. If you won’t be serving them right away, place them into a mason jar or other type of glass container with a lid. Then, cover them with olive oil and store them in the refrigerator.
In addition, remember that fire roasted tomatoes made at home have no preservatives. Therefore, for the best flavor, use them up within two weeks or transfer them to a freezer-safe, airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Easy Video Recipe
I also prepared a video for this fire roasted tomatoes recipe as I find it the best way to learn how to prepare it. The steps are quite simple and the ingredients are more than affordable, as you most probably already get used to. So, a video tutorial is your most suitable helper. Just watch the steps and instructions here and you’ll convince yourself that this is one of the best ways to replace store-bought canned tomatoes for any future recipes.
Roast Them, Store Them, and Use Them!
All in all, here is the life-saving recipe for any future spaghetti sauce, chile con carne, or salsa sauce. This fire roasted tomatoes recipe is one of my easiest ways to replace canned tomatoes with an extra flavored and healthy alternative.
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Last but not least, here are some recipes in which these roasted tomatoes would fit perfectly! Try replacing store-bought canned tomatoes with these homemade fire roasted tomatoes and let me know the result: